Wheatmore remains undefeated

Kaitlyn Mullins

Wednesday night the Asheboro Blue Comets hosted the Wheatmore Warriors for a matchup in varsity football. Asheboro entered the game 0-4 on the season, while the Warriors came in at 4-0.

The Comets led things off in the first quarter as they kicked off. Christian Tate returned the ball to the 33-yard line as he started the drive for the Warriors. Wheatmore had a slow start as the Comet’s defense forced the Warriors to punt the ball. Asheboro began their drive on the 31-yard line. The Comets were unable to gain yardage as they were forced to punt the ball on fourth down and 16.

Wheatmore took over and started their next drive on the 40-yard line picking up two first downs. Nick Halo carried the ball for the Warriors as he put them on the 28-yard line. Due to an incomplete pass on fourth down Wheatmore turned the ball over on downs. Asheboro had another slow start as the Warriors defense forced them to punt on downs. The Comets returned the favor as they stood their ground not allowing the Warriors to pick up any yardage. Wheatmore finished out the first quarter by punting the ball. After one complete quarter, the score remained 0-0.

Asheboro began the second quarter on fourth and one on the 30-yard line. Kaleb Cheek carried the ball for the Comets as he picked up back to back first downs. On second and two, Cory Durrant used the quarterback keeper to run the ball into the end zone. Kahleal Hill kicked the extra point as he put Asheboro up 7-0. The Warriors recovered the ball on the 19-yard line. Wheatmore made it to the 34-yard line and due to a penalty on the Comets, the Warriors gained a first down. On fourth and 10 a complete pass from Halo allowed the Warriors to pick up a first down on the 8-yard line. On second and four Halo found Ian Bonner in the end zone for a complete pass. Bailey Owens made the extra point attempt for the Warriors. Wheatmore tied the game at 7 apiece at the half.

Kicking off in the third quarter were the Warriors as Asheboro returned the ball to the 37-yard line. The Comets had a bad start to the second half when a false start pushed them back to second down and 27. The Comets were forced to punt the ball on fourth down. Wheatmore began their drive on the 31-yard line. On third down and five, the Comets picked up another penalty which gave the Warriors a free first down. Jordan Knight ran for six yards for the Warriors. On the next play, Halo passed the ball to Zach Berrier for another Warrior touchdown. Wheatmore’s attempt for the extra point was good as they made it a 14-7 game. The Comets came close to scoring again towards the end of the third quarter. Asheboro made it to third down and goal. On the next play, Durrant carried the ball to the one-yard line but came up just short of the end zone. Durrant went for a throw on fourth down but an incomplete pass forced the Comets to turn the ball over on downs. At the end of the third quarter, the Warriors led 14-7.

Wheatmore started the fourth quarter on second down and four on the 27-yard line. An incomplete pass from Halo forced the Warriors to punt on fourth down. Asheboro began strongly in the fourth quarter as they were able to gain two first downs. Once the Comets got to the 22-yard line they were unable to cover anymore yardage as they turned the ball over on fourth down. Right away the Warriors gained a first down as Halo sent Berrier a complete pass. On third down and six Halo found Berrier open once more as he caught the pass for a Warrior first down. Halo found Knight open in the middle as Knight ran in a 14-yard touchdown for Wheatmore. The Warriors ran down the clock as they went for the extra point to make it a 21-7 game.  The clock ran down and the Comets came up short as they threw an interception to the Warriors to end the game. Wheatmore would take their fifth win 21-7 to remain undefeated.

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